McKinney powers Lynx

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Taylor McKinney and the Webster City girls closed out 2017 with an impressive 68-41 victory over St. Edmond here Tuesday night.

McKinney, who entered the contest averaging over 16 points per game, tallied a game-high 23, including 17 in the first half for the Lynx (4-4 overall, 3-2 in North Central Conference), who have won three straight in the league.

Cassidy Nerland had another double-double, scoring 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds for Webster City, with Halle Mason adding 10 points.

Erin Flattery led the Gaels (3-5, 1-4) with 14 points, with Livi Huss scoring 11 and grabbing five rebounds.

The Lynx were clicking on all cylinders from the opening tip, racing out to a 21-4 lead after the first eight minutes. McKinney scored 10 in the quarter alone, with Haley Flaws adding six.

“We let them get comfortable and they took advantage,” SEHS head coach Steve Neuberger said. “It just seems like we have too many inconsistencies. We let them have a big first quarter, but I thought we played better in the second and third. McKinney is an incredible player and she was on (Tuesday night).

“I still thought Jacque (Oberg) did a nice job defending her, she just made some really nice plays. And she also found an open player anytime we tried to double her.”

McKinney recorded eight assists to go along with three steals on the night.

“Taylor came out hot and that opened up things inside a little bit for Cassidy,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “It kind of sets the tone for the game if you hit those first few shots. The confidence is there and you can start to look for other things when the outside shots are falling.”

Despite falling in an 18-point hole early in the second, St. Edmond battled back, using a 10-3 run to make it a 10-point game heading to the break.

Flattery had 10 of her 14 in the second and third quarters, with Huss scoring nine during that same span. After going 2-for-10 from the field in the first quarter, the Gaels were 9-for-14 in the second.

“We’ve just got to put it together in the same game,” Neuberger said. “We’ve played well at the start, had good moments in the second and third, and finished strong; but we haven’t done all of those things in one game yet.

“I’m confident, though, that we will get there.”

St. Edmond returns to action in 2018 when they travel to Algona on Jan. 5. Webster City hosts Clear Lake that same night.

WEBSTER CITY 68, ST. EDMOND 41

Webster City — Haley Flaws 4-9 0-0 8, Taylor McKinney 9-17 2-2 23, Halle Mason 4-7 0-0 10, Sara Vogelbacher 1-2 0-0 3, Cassidy Nerland 4-8 4-5 12, Grace Hoversten 2-3 0-0 4, Zoey Woodle 2-2 2-2 6, Adalie Schwandt 0-1 0-0 0, Stacey Meyer 0-0 0-0 0, Tatum Goings 1-1 0-0 2, Atlanta Hopp 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-50 8-9 68.

St. Edmond — Macey Mason 0-2 0-0 0, Jacque Oberg 2-6 0-0 4, Hannah Huss 2-8 0-0 4, Erin Flattery 7-11 0-1 14, Livi Huss 4-7 3-4 11, Brea McNeil 2-3 1-2 5, Jocy Timmerman 1-4 0-0 2, Cambrie McBride 0-0 0-0 0, Abby Landwehr 0-0 0-0 0, Rylee Kinney 0-0 0-0 0, Devyn Scott 0-0 1-1 1, Sidney Messerly 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-42 5-8 41.

Quarter scores: Webster City led 21-4, 35-25, 45-32. Three-point goals: Webster City 6-12 (Flaws 0-1, McKinney 3-6, Mason 2-3, Vogelbacher 1-2); St. Edmond 0-3 (Oberg 0-1, Timmerman 0-1, Messerly 0-1). Total rebounds: Webster City 25, St. Edmond 24. Steals: Webster City 8, St. Edmond 2. Turnovers: Webster City 10, St. Edmond 19. Team fouls: Webster City 14, St. Edmond 12.

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